The poet Jacob (Yakov) Fichman, one of the forefathers of Modern Hebrew literature, was also an editor and translator, who published hundreds of books of poetry, literature and translations. Fichman was born in Bălţi in 1881, and emigrated to Eretz Yisrael in 1912, where he established and edited the monthly youth magazine Moledet (Homeland). He also published anthologies of literature and poetry and biographies of Jewish writers. He was the editor of the monthly periodical Ma'aznim (Balances) of the Association of Jewish Writers. Fichman was awarded the Israel Prize in 1957 for his entire creative works.